A claim of genericness or “genericide,” where the public appropriates a trademark and uses it as a generic name for particular types of goods or services irrespective of its source, must be made with regard to a particular type of good or service. Verb use of the word “google” to mean “search the internet,” as…
New draft law proposes amendments to Russian law on information, its protection and informational technologies. Explanatory note to this draft underlines that relevant Russian authorities face obstacles when forbid dissemination of illegal information under current Russian law. First of all it is impossible to oblige search engines to exclude links to forbidden information in search…
Due to the lack of a European right (except for trademarks and designs), obtaining interlocutory or permanent injunctions for the same infringement against infringers or intermediaries from several jurisdictions in the EU is often cumbersome for certain IPR, in particular copyright.
On 25 May 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for a regulation on addressing unjustified geo-blocking. New analytical paper illustrates the prevalence of geo-blocking in e-commerce and summarizes available relevant evidence. It also discusses the economic impact of lifting geo-blocking restrictions in online goods and copyrighted digital content services.
In 2013, the European Union Intellectual Property Office commissioned the study, European Citizens and Intellectual Property: Perception, Awareness and Behaviour, to explore Europeans’ attitudes towards IP; the degree to which Europeans respect these rights, and the concept as a whole.
Glen Friedman is a well-known photographer whose work focuses on figures from several American subcultures, including skateboarders, punk rock musicians, and hip hop artists. His photography has been in gallery exhibitions and on record covers and has been published widely.
Robin Antonick developed the computer code for the original John Madden Football game for the Apple II computer, which was released by Electronic Arts. Electronic Arts subsequently released Madden games for Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo for which plaintiff received no royalties under a 1986 contract.
Design Data Corporation alleged that Unigate Enterprise, Inc., infringed the copyright on Design Data’s computer aided design program by downloading an unauthorized copy of the program and importing and distributing within the United States program output generated by a Chinese contractor using an unauthorized copy of the program.
Counterfeiting is a serious threat to public health and safety and the total value of counterfeit goods trafficking has increased significantly in recent years, exacerbating the devastating impact of counterfeiting on innovation, employment and the branding of European companies.
Russian Roskomnadzor proposed instructions for OTT-(audio-visual)-services explaining how to count viewers visiting web-sites of such services. This instruction has been proposed in order to implement new law on OTT-(audio-visual)-services operating in Russia. This law provides regulation for popular services with audience more than 100 thousands viewers a day.
Different stakeholders ask for a clarification of the scope of provisional and permanent injunctions, in particular with regard to intermediaries. A broad call is also made to generally strengthen the involvement of intermediaries in IPR enforcement.